Trader Joe's Holiday Hash Recipe with Sausage and Quinoa is a delightful twist on a seasonal favorite. This dish brings together the vibrant flavors of autumn and winter, creating a dish that's both versatile and irresistibly tasty.
Imagine the comforting aromas of sweet potatoes, red onion, butternut squash, and a medley of fresh herbs like parsley, sage, and rosemary. These are the key ingredients in Trader Joe's Holiday Vegetable Hash, a fan-favorite and a staple in our kitchen during the holiday season.
Our recipe enhances this already delicious hash with the addition of tri-colored, sprouted quinoa, spicy chicken sausages, and a sprinkle of feta -- all Trader Joe's items, making it a great recipe for any meal at any time of day - be it a quick weeknight dinner or a Thanksgiving side dish. In fact, it is one of my favorite breakfast options!
I've always been a huge fan of Trader Joe finds and love experimenting with their items to create easy recipes. Every ingredient in this delightful dish, from the garden vegetable hash to the flavorful sausages, is sourced from one of our favorite grocery stores.
This new holiday vegetable hash has become a huge win in our household, especially with my toddlers who can't get enough of it. (This is not easy to accomplish!)
In our last creation, we used Trader Joe's chicken meatballs to make a mouth-watering spaghetti bake. Just like that dish, this recipe with the holiday vegetable hash is easy to make and a sure hit with the whole family. Try also our Trader Joe's Harvest Blend Stir-Fry!
Plus, the inclusion of sprouted quinoa, a staple in our kitchen, adds a nutritious twist with a delightful texture. We've also used sprouted quinoa in other popular recipes like our Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl and Buffalo Ground Turkey Quinoa Bowl.
Before diving into this easy meal, we suggest setting some healthy intentions. It's a practice that enriches our cooking and eating experience. And if you're keen on learning more about using intentions and affirmations in your daily life, don't forget to visit our free guide for insightful tips and ideas.
Get ready for your first bite of this Trader Joe's holiday hash recipe - a dish that's sure to become a seasonal item in your kitchen and a new favorite in your collection of Trader Joe's recipes. Happy cooking and happy grocery shopping! Be sure to add the following ingredients to your next Trader Joe's haul!
Organic Tri-Color Quinoa: This nutrient-dense blend of white, red, and black quinoa is a great base for the recipe. Quinoa is one of our favorite things for its health benefits and versatility.
Organic Chicken Broth: Ideal for cooking the quinoa, organic chicken broth adds a rich, savory flavor. Chicken broth is a fan favorite in my kitchen for enhancing the depth of recipes, especially with cooking grains like quinoa.
21 Season Salute: Exclusive to Trader Joe's, this herb and spice blend is perfect for adding a burst of flavor to any dish. It’s a unique mix that can transform your cooking.
Trader Joe's Holiday Hash: This mix of butternut squash, sweet potatoes, red onion, celery, parsley, sage, and rosemary adds festive color and nutrition. As a seasonal item, it’s a blend of fresh veggies that's perfect for holiday dishes.
Avocado Oil: A healthy cooking oil with a high smoke point, ideal for sautéing. Avocado oil is a heart-healthy fat and a great alternative to more processed oils.
Trader Joe's Spicy Chicken Sausages: These sausages bring a spicy twist to the dish. TJ's sausages have minimal ingredients which makes it a good choice for clean eating objectives.
Feta Cheese Crumbles: Adds a tangy and creamy texture to the dish. Be sure the feta cheese has minimal ingredients on the list without preservatives or artificial additives for the best bet.
Sea Salt and Black Pepper: Essential for seasoning as desired. Sea salt offers a more natural flavor compared to processed salts and can be adjusted to taste.
Together, these ingredients from Trader Joe's create a delightful combination of flavors and nutrition, making our recipe not just tasty but also aligned with a healthy, vibrant lifestyle.
See the recipe card for quantities.
- Begin by soaking the quinoa and giving it a thorough rinse. Next, combine it in an Instant Pot with a cup of chicken broth and a teaspoon of 21 seasoning salute. Set the Instant Pot to cook for 1 minute on high pressure, then allow it to release pressure naturally. Once done, fluff the quinoa with a fork and keep it aside.
2. As the quinoa cooks, prepare your skillet over medium-high heat. Make a single puncture line on each sausage and cook them for about 5-6 minutes on each side. Once cooked, remove them from the skillet and set them aside.
3. Proceed to chop the cooked sausages into small, bite-sized pieces.
4. In a separate large skillet, warm the avocado oil over medium-high heat. Add the Holiday Hash to the skillet, along with a teaspoon of the seasoning. Sauté this mixture for about 10 minutes, stirring it continuously. Saute until vegetables are soft and lightly golden brown.
5. After the hash has been sautéed for 10 minutes, mix in the previously cooked and sliced sausages, and sprinkle in the feta cheese crumbles. Continue to stir the mixture for an additional 2-3 minutes.
6. To serve, layer the flavorful hash mixture over a bed of the prepared quinoa. Your dish is now ready to enjoy!
Hint: For a quick and easy method, slice each sausage lengthwise once, and then cut across into bite-sized pieces. This makes for an efficient and neat cut. Also, be sure to adjust liquid to quinoa ration depending on duration of soaking. Check our article: Sprouted quinoa for more information!
Substitutions and Variations
Brown Rice: For a different texture, you can replace quinoa with brown rice. This vegetable hash works especially well in rice dishes, adding a delicious flavor and robust feel. Consider also adding scrambled or fried egg bites for a fried rice flavor!
Hearty Soup or Vegetable Soup: Incorporating the holiday hash into a vegetable hash soup is a fantastic way to create a warm, hearty soup and comforting meal.
Parmesan or Goat Cheese: If feta isn't to your liking, try using parmesan cheese for a sharper edge or goat cheese for a creamier addition. Both cheeses offer a delightful twist to the dish.
Kale Salad: Mixing the holiday hash with kale salad creates a nutrient-packed side dish. Dress it up with your favorite dressing for an extra flavor kick.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts: Adding shaved Brussels sprouts to the holiday hash brings in a crunchy and flavorful dimension.
Roasted Potatoes: Serve the holiday hash alongside roasted potatoes for a satisfying and filling meal. This combination is ideal for a cozy family dinner.
Broth: You can use bone broth or vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, if desired.
Vegan: For a vegan or vegetarian version, simply eliminate the feta cheese and/ or sausage.
Cherry Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes can be added along with the feta cheese for a fresh, juicy element.
Omelette Mix-In: Using the holiday hash as an ingredient in an omelette provides a flavorful and textural enhancement, making for a delicious breakfast option and another one of my favorite uses. We also like to add a few yellow onion and bell pepper bits to the omlette for southwestern twist.
Stuffings and Stir Fry: The holiday hash also serves as a wonderful addition to stuffings for thanksgiving dinner or mixed into stir-fry rice dishes, offering an extra layer of flavor to these meals.
Experimenting with these variations and substitutions can lead to discovering new favorite ways to enjoy Trader Joe's Holiday Hash, be it in a kale salad, a bowl of hearty soup, or a unique rice dish.
Large Bowl: Ideal for soaking the quinoa before cooking, ensuring it has enough space to expand and be fully submerged.
Two Large Skillets: Essential for cooking the holiday hash and the sausages separately, facilitating better management of the different components of the recipe.
Instant Pot: Perfect for quickly and efficiently cooking the quinoa, this versatile kitchen gadget helps maintain the right texture and flavor.
Cooking Spoon: Necessary for stirring the hash and sausages while cooking. Opt for a sturdy, heat-resistant spoon.
Mesh Strainer: Useful for thoroughly rinsing the quinoa. A fine mesh strainer is recommended to prevent the small grains of quinoa from being lost.
Having these tools at your disposal will streamline the cooking process, allowing you to effortlessly bring together this delicious meal.
When it comes to storing this dish, ensuring freshness and flavor for later enjoyment is key. Here are some tips on how to store the different components:
Cooked Quinoa and Hash Mixture: After allowing it to cool, transfer the quinoa and hash mixture into separate airtight containers. This can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. The melding of flavors over time often enhances the taste, making the leftovers a delightful treat.
Separate Components: If you have prepared extra quinoa or hash, it's a good idea to store them separately. This allows for more flexibility in using them as bases for other recipes or as additions to salads, soups, or omelets.
It’s important to let the dish cool to room temperature before storing to maintain quality and prevent bacterial growth. Proper storage is crucial for keeping the dish safe to eat and preserving its flavors and textures for future meals.
Reheating: For reheating safely, we reccomend reheating it in a skillet over medium heat, adding a bit of broth or water to keep it from drying out.
Freezing: This dish is also suitable for freezing. Put the cooled mixture into a freezer-safe container or bag, and it can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. To use, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat.
Cook times should overlap. Cook the quinoa in the instant pot, the sausages, and the holiday hash on separate skillets at the same time for a quick and easy meal!
Trader Joe's Holiday Hash contains approximately 45 calories per half-cup serving. This makes it a relatively low-calorie option, great for those who are mindful of their calorie intake while still enjoying flavorful dishes.
Yes, you can freeze Trader Joe's Holiday Vegetable Hash. Freezing can help extend its shelf life and is convenient for future use. Ensure to store it in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag to maintain its quality.
Trader Joe's Holiday Hash is a festive blend of seasonal vegetables. It includes butternut squash, sweet potatoes, red onion, celery, parsley, sage, and rosemary. This combination creates a flavorful and colorful addition to a variety of dishes.
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We paired this recipe with steamed green beans and it tasted delicious. Any green vegetable or side salad would work wonderfully.
Holistic Nutrition Tips
Trader Joe's Holiday Hash Recipe With Sausage and Quinoa
- After soaking the quinoa and rinsing thoroughly, cook in an instant pot with 1 cup chicken broth and 1 teaspoon 21 seasoning salute for 1 minute at high pressure with natural release. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
- While the quinoa is coming to pressure, Heat the skillet on medium-high heat. Puncture each of the sausages along a line. Cook for 5-6 min on each side. Set aside.
- Cut sausages into small pieces.
- Heat oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add holiday hash and 1 teaspoon seasoning and sauté for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes of stirring continuously, add in cooked and cut-up sausages, and feta. Continue stirring for 2-3 min longer.
- Pour hash mixture over a bed of quinoa and serve. Enjoy!
When handling and preparing a dish like the Trader Joe's Holiday Hash with Sausage and Quinoa, it's important to keep these food safety tips in mind:
- Hand Washing: Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling food, especially when transitioning between different ingredients.
- Heating Pre-Cooked Sausages: Since the sausages are pre-cooked, focus on heating them properly. Ensure they are warmed through evenly to maintain taste and safety.
- Preventing Cross-Contamination: Use separate utensils and cutting boards for different ingredients. This is particularly important when dealing with fresh produce and packaged items.
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